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It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. Statistically speaking, a child laughs on average about one-hundred and fifty times per day while an adult laughs only about fifteen times per day. Some wise person once said, "Happy is he who learns to laugh at himself, he will never cease to be amused." Good stuff.

Life can be a serious undertaking that is too often taken too seriously. That response only reinforces the fact that we may be holding a tight grip on the things we can neither control nor contain. There are many things in life that are no laughing matter. However, there are many things that are. We need both for a healthy, well-balanced life. Who doesn't enjoy a good rib-tickling or side-splitting story from time to time? One that is not filled with the customary assaults of vulgarity or verbal insult. Just wholesome laughter that eases the tension on a troubling day.

That said, I want to share with you a story I read the other day that fits this narrative. It comes from a preacher's wife in Kansas. If you pay close attention, you just might enjoy a good laugh on this Monday morning.

The story begins with this woman's fear of flying and her desire to visit her daughter in Florida. After days of preparation, she finally summoned the courage to board the plane. While at the airport, she handed her husband a letter. On the envelope she had written, 'Open only in case of a crash.'

When her husband returned home, the old preacher couldn't resist the temptation and opened the letter. The letter said, 'If there is a crash, look under the bed. You will find a box. Open the box.'

The old preacher looked under the bed, opened the box. Inside, he found three eggs and a large stack of $100 bills. He was mystified.

When his wife returned home safely and intact from Florida, he confessed that curiosity had indeed gotten the best of him, and he had opened the envelope and the box. The old preacher said, 'But honey, I don't understand. Why the three eggs and the large stack of $100 bills?"

"Well, honey," she replied, "when you first began preaching, every time you laid an egg and preached a poor sermon, I would put an egg in the box."

The old preacher responded, "Wow, that's not bad. All these years of preaching and only three eggs. But I still don't understand the stack of $100 bills."

His wife responded, "What can I say, when you get a dozen eggs, you gotta sell." (end)

Throughout life, we all lay an egg or two. Maybe several along the way. Remember these words of wisdom--Happy is the man who learns to laugh at himself, he will never cease to be amused. How true and applicable in these sobering times!

Find the good in life this week and when you 'lay an egg' of some kind, have a good laugh. A joyful heart will balance things for us and make for a much better life.


Pstr K

Proverbs 17:22

( ref. Holy Humor--Cal and Rose Samra--pg 175)